Annual Dinner

followed by an educational program about

Freshwater Mussels

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presented by Warren Pryor, Department of Biology, University of Saint Francis

This event will be held at the Manchester University campus on the second floor of the Jo Young Switzer Center (JYSC) student union in the Hoff Room. The JYSC is located on East Street, a couple hundred feet North of the College Avenue intersection.

The price of dinner is $12 and includes: Honey roasted turkey, lasagna, salad, roasted sweet potatoes, green beans and carrot cake. Those who do not wish to join us for dinner may attend the program for no cost. 

Reservations are required for dinner. Use the form below to save your spot or Contact Dave Hicks at (260) 982-2471 or djhicks@manchester.edu

 

Did you know that nearly 300 species of mussels inhabit freshwater rivers and lakes in North America? This is the richest diversity of mussels found in the world. Freshwater mussels are sedentary, long-lived (some live over 100 years) mollusks that live in sediments and filter water to feed. Because they are filter-feeders, mussels are excellent indicators of the health of our lakes and rivers. In addition, mussels are a vital link in the food chain because they are a major food item for wildlife such as raccoon, muskrat, and otter. Their lustrous pearl-like interiors have made them valuable in the cultured pearl and jewelry industry.

The Tippecanoe Audubon Society is sponsoring an educational presentation on the mussels in our local lakes and rivers on November 14 in the Hoff Room at Manchester University. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm and the program will start at 7:30 pm. If you would like to attend the program but, do not wish to join us for dinner, please arrive a little before 7:30 p.m. There is no charge if you only attend the program. 

Warren Pryor, professor of biology at the University of St. Francis will help us learn all about our native mussels and explain why they’re so important to our streams and rivers. Dr. Pryor will talk about the research he and his students have been conducting on the mussel beds in our local watersheds.

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